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The Role of Technology in Environmental Sustainability
Faith Grady
Division:
Technology
Department:
Technology & Environmental Studies
Mentor:
Lori Pullman
Mentor's e-mail:
lpullman@occ.cccd.edu
Author's e-mail:
fgrady@student.cccd.edu
Abstract:

Within the conversation of environmental sustainability, each person is left to decide what they should, can, and will do to lessen their carbon footprint. While some are willing and able to live zero-waste lives or have careers that focus on the topic, most have jobs, families, or obligations that nullify even the best intentions. Enter technology. Technology is advancing every day, and in the future, can and will serve as the bridge between a busy life and sustainable life, so they are no longer isolated from one another. Already, there are countless numbers of smart technologies in the world; these technologies assist in temperature control, turning lights on and off, and even diminishing “phantom” or background electricity use. As time passes, these technologies will become more widespread, which in turn makes it possible to incorporate sustainable habits into the busiest of schedules. By becoming aware of key players in current sustainable technology, as well as taking a look into anticipated technologies, it becomes evident that the tech industry is the main helping hand when deciding how to lessen your own carbon footprint without sacrificing a sleep schedule, time with loved ones, or precious minutes of a lunch break. Additionally, by looking into some of the more “user-friendly” products available, it becomes more clear how, exactly, the tech industry serves to help people, not just corporations, live environmentally sustainable lives.

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